A few weeks ago on my facebook page, I asked for suggestions on busting out of a creative block. My friends had a ton of great suggestions, because well… they are geniuses. So, of course I’m sharing the wealth. Here’s what they had to say:
One of the things touched upon was that blocks sometimes come from self-doubt and that doubt becomes stronger, the longer the block lasts. A great way to combat this is to focus on creating quantity over quality, which is the opposite of what creative people like to do. Just create, create, create without self-judgment and worry about the quality later. The benefit of this is getting out of your own head. Try working on an idea for 10 or 15 minutes and then move on. Once you have a few ideas fleshed out, you can usually find one to refine and perfect.
Get Out Your Own Way
Another suggestion that came up was taking a break from creating and doing something else. This is great advice. In order to be creative you have to go live. You have to be able to experience life and translate it to another medium. Socializing or planning an adventure can be the boost you need to get your creative mojo back. You can also try doing something else that’s creative but not in the same vein as where you are blocked. So if you’re a musician, try painting; if you’re a photographer, try some free writing. Other things suggested were:
- Spend time with other creative people
The last tried but true method is to go out seeking inspiration. This can be whatever floats your boat. Some people find nature really inspiring, others like art similar to what they are trying to create, while others can vibe off a motivational quote. The world is chock-full of inspiration; here is a round up my favorites from that FB thread:
- Visit art galleries/museums
- Watch a few Ted talks
- Listen to live music
- Traveling to a new place
- Go back to a place or song that got you inspired
I hope this helps you with your creative blocks. Happy creating, ya’ll!
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